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Acer Aspire Switch 10 E review: A solid choice for those who need maximum portability

Hayden Dingman | Aug. 18, 2015
It's a laptop. It's a tablet. It's the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E, and it's here to try and prove hybrids don't have to be terrible.

More worrisome is the fact the hard drive tends to consider itself "disconnected" if you accidentally jolt the laptop--you'll occasionally see the "Tap to choose what happens with removable drives" dialogue pop up while working.

The bloat

The Switch 10 is about on par with its larger cousin, the Aspire E-15, as far as unnecessary third-party software is concerned. McAfee rears its ugly head here again, with a constant stream of unwanted pop-ups. But there's also a presence from Amazon, Spotify, Flipboard, Evernote, Music Maker Jam, Netflix, and Hulu Plus.

And then there's Acer's suite of useless and semi-useless software: Acer Explorer, Acer Portal, Acer Care Center, Acer Screen Grasp, Acer Touch Tools, and et cetera. Like the E-15, this stuff is relatively benign--more an annoyance than anything else.

The verdict

I like the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E. Yes, it's the least powerful machine in our round-up, but it also fills a very specific, very portable niche. That's more than I can say of the Acer Aspire E-15, for instance--a relatively powerful machine that unfortunately does nothing to distinguish itself from Toshiba's more powerful C55-C. The Switch 10 stands out, and there are plenty of valid reasons why you might choose to carry one.

Would I use it as my default machine? Probably not. It's a bit too small and slow for it to be someone's primary device, I think. But it would be great as a situational supplement to a better-equipped computer.


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